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Popular Beth Israel Rabbi Gabriel Greenberg announces departure

By ALAN SMASON, Special to the CCJN

Rabbi Gabriel Greenberg, the popular Modern Orthodox rabbi, who ascended the bimah at Congregation Beth Israel in Metairie four years ago announced his reluctant decision to leave New Orleans this week. 

The unexpected announcement was issued initially by congregation president Lee Kansas on...
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2 Israelis killed, 1 injured in terror attack in West Bank industrial zone

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two Israelis were killed and another injured in a terror attack in the Barkan industrial area in the West Bank.

The attack took place on Sunday morning shortly before 8:00 at the beginning of the work week in the settlement’s industrial zone that is home to 160...
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Martin Fletcher leads NOLA to ‘Promised Land’

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

In this era where journalists are regularly accused of generating so-called “fake news,” Martin Fletcher, the venerated NBC correspondent and Bureau Chief in Tel Aviv, is ready to be known as a writer of fiction. Not as a newsman, mind you, but as a...
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‘Disney’s Aladdin’ will transport you from TV politics

By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out“)

In Jewish haredi circles, a common expression is “We want Moshiach now!” With so many eyes glued to TV sets during the recent Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearings with testimony from both Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh, it might be time for...
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Trump, alongside Netanyahu, says he favors two-state solution

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump said ahead of a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he favors the two-state solution and that he hopes to reveal his peace plan within four months.

“I like the two-state solution,” Trump said, appearing Wednesday with Netanyahu at the United Nations...
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Sandy Levy sets sights on exit from JEF after long tenure

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

For more than a quarter-century – 27 years to be exact – Saundra Katz Levy has been the executive director of the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana (JEF), the affiliate agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans charged with managing its...
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Rabbis explore Yom Kippur theme of repentance

By NICHOLAS HAMBURGER, Special to the CCJN

“I have swept aside like a cloud thy transgressions.” Merciful in its authority, ethereal in its imagery, and intimate in its address, this line, uttered by God to the people of Israel in the Book of Isaiah, resounds with the chief concerns of...
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Rosina and Joseph Slater Torah Academy dedicated

By ALAN SMASON

The Rosina and Joseph Slater Torah Academy was officially dedicated on Thursday afternoon, September 13, in ceremonies at the school located at 5210 Esplanade Avenue. Rosina Slater, who donated $1.8 million for naming rights to honor both her and her late husband, was on hand to personally...
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Musaica presents Jewish-themed chamber concerts for High Holy Days

By DEAN M. SHAPIRO, Special to the CCJN

Perfectly timed to coincide with the Jewish High Holy Days, the nine-member, New Orleans-based chamber music ensemble, Musaica, is presenting two evening programs highlighting selected works of Jewish and Jewish-influenced composers.

On Monday, September 17, Musaica will open its 2018-19 season with...
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Area rabbis discuss how to approach Rosh Hashanah

By ALAN SMASON

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins tonight, September 9 and continues through the evening of September 11. It begins the period known as the Days of Awe or the Ten Days of Penitence, which culminates with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement and the holiest day...
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